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Legal Commentary on Proposition 8…

Legal Commentary on Proposition 8 and the Right to Marry

Articles and comments by attorneys and legal scholars, and related legal news. From Michael Ginsborg.

http://prop8legalcommentary.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 28

    Farewell

    Farewell
    In May, I decided that I would need a hiatus to prepare an article on a subject unrelated to this site. I have just completed my forthcoming article for law librarians, "Ending Our Conflicts of Interest to Protect Consumers of Legal…
  • May 22

    Hiatus from my usual schedule of blogging

    Hiatus from my usual schedule of blogging
    I regret that, for at least several weeks, I will lack time to update this site on a regular basis. I face two challenges. First, I expect to publish an article on a subject I have been thinking about for 20 years.
  • May 15

    Legal news this month

    Legal news this month
    Domestic partnership
Rank this Week: 1062

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Mar 26

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?

    Coach Dean Smith leaves a small legacy… what will you do?
    As an estate planning attorney I help clients plan the legacy they will leave. Often it’s simple such as “I leave everything to my children….”  Other times it’s a gift to an old friend, a church, or other…
  • Mar 11

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento
    I just saw this article at US News rating the best nursing homes in Sacramento. Good list to consider for your loved ones. Here’s the link.
  • Mar 11

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento

    Best nursing homes in Sacramento
    I just saw this article at US News rating the best nursing homes in Sacramento. Good list to consider for your loved ones. Here’s the link. The post Best nursing homes in Sacramento appeared first on California Probate Attorney.
Rank this Week: 1931

California Public Agency Labor and…

California Public Agency Labor and Employment Blog

By Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.

http://www.calpublicagencylaboremploymentblog.com
Rank this Week: 1894

California Nursing Home Abuse…

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers various nursing home abuse and elder neglect issues such as signs and symptoms of neglect, and California Elder Abuse and Neglect Law. By Walton Law Firm LLP.

http://www.nursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 26

    Felony Elder Abuse Charges in Castro Valley Case

    Felony Elder Abuse Charges in Castro Valley Case
    Back in 2013, a number of elderly residents in a Castro Valley facility were abandoned, “left without proper staffing or care for two days,” according to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Now, the owner and…
  • Mar 17

    Court Prohibits California Health Department from Hiding Nursing Home Citation

    Court Prohibits California Health Department from Hiding Nursing Home Citation
    Getting information about the details of a citation at a nursing home facility can be difficult. However, a new California Supreme Court Decision could change that. Learn more from the California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer blog.
  • Mar 11

    Sexual Abuse Reported at Nursing Home

    Sexual Abuse Reported at Nursing Home
    Elder abuse and neglect can include sexual assault. Learn more about one incident of sexual assault at a nursing home from the California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog.
Rank this Week: 1587

At the Lectern: Practicing Before…

At the Lectern: Practicing Before the California Supreme Court

Features news and commentary on the practice of law before the California Supreme Court. By Horvitz & Levy LLP.

http://www.atthelectern.com/
  • Mar 26

    Crime victim can address Supreme Court . . . in writing

    Crime victim can address Supreme Court . . . in writing
    A case on the Supreme Court’s April calendar concerns a restitution award to a crime victim.  After the court scheduled oral argument in the case — People v. Ford — the crime victim asked for permission to speak at the…
  • Mar 26

    Chief Justice delivers annual State of the Judiciary Addre

    Chief Justice delivers annual State of the Judiciary Addre
    Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivered her annual State of the Judiciary Address to the Legislature on Monday. As Paul Jones reports in the Daily Journal[subscription required], the Chief “placed less emphasis” than in recent…
  • Mar 23

    Chief Justice to deliver state of the judiciary address this afternoon

    Chief Justice to deliver state of the judiciary address this afternoon
    Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will this afternoon address the Legislature on the state of the judiciary.  It is an almost annual event.  The address can be viewed on the California Channel beginning at 3:45.
Rank this Week: 2081

My Distribution Law

My Distribution Law

Focuses on distribution law issues for manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, and retailers. By Howard M. Ullman.

http://www.mydistributionlaw.com/
  • Mar 26

    Sixth Circuit Applies Cost Screen to Tying by Differential Pricing

    Sixth Circuit Applies Cost Screen to Tying by Differential Pricing
    In Collins Inkjet Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., No. 14-3306 (6th Cir. March 16, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that differential pricing – charging more for one product when the customer does not also purchase…
  • Mar 20

    Return of Robinson-Patman Act and Resale Price Maintenance Litigation?

    Return of Robinson-Patman Act and Resale Price Maintenance Litigation?
    A quick note on a few recent developments suggesting that RP and RPM litigation is not yet dead. First, on February 2, 2015, a court refused to dismiss claims against Clorox arising from its refusal to sell a small regional grocery chain the…
  • Feb 9

    San Jose Strikes Out in Baseball Antitrust Challenge

    San Jose Strikes Out in Baseball Antitrust Challenge
    “Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.” Ernie Harwell, “The Game for…
Rank this Week: 1888

Intellectual Property News

Intellectual Property News

By Mandour & Associates.

http://www.intellectualpropertynews.com/
  • Mar 26

    Seth McFarlane Sued Over Alleged "Ted" Copyright Infringement

    Seth McFarlane Sued Over Alleged "Ted" Copyright Infringement
    IPNews® - A Los Angeles Federal court ruled that Seth McFarlane’s “Ted” does not constitute as a copyright infringement of “Charlie” another wild teddy bear. “Ted” the vulgar teddy bear movie star…
  • Mar 18

    Apple's Latest Patent To Allow App Sharing In Real Time

    Apple's Latest Patent To Allow App Sharing In Real Time
    IPNews® - Apple has been granted a patent that would allow two users to collaborate on the same app in real time. Apple’s latest patent allows two or more iPhone or iPad users to interact with the same app in real time and…
  • Mar 12

    Copyright Infringement Costs Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams $7 Million

    Copyright Infringement Costs Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams $7 Million
    IPNews® - “Blurred Lines” is Robin Thicke’s biggest hit to date, however the song was found to violate Marvin Gaye’s copyrighted song “Got to Give it Up”.    Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams…
Rank this Week: 2091

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Mar 26

    The Biggest Estate Planning Mistake

    The Biggest Estate Planning Mistake
    Everyone knows an estate plan is a good idea, but too few actually follow through on one. Even then, people who think they’ve dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” still make critical errors that will cause…
  • Mar 19

    Things You Should Have in a Secure Location When You Die

    Things You Should Have in a Secure Location When You Die
    Most people hear “end-of-life plan” and imagine a will, perhaps a trust, maybe even healthcare directives and a power of attorney. Certainly, those are all crucial documents that everyone should have in place. But there are…
  • Mar 12

    How to Choose the Right Agent for Your California Estate Plan

    How to Choose the Right Agent for Your California Estate Plan
    An estate plan is as much of a contingency arrangement as an inheritance mechanism. We all hope to live long lives free of catastrophe or disease, but it would be irresponsible to discount the “what-if”s altogether. View image |…
Rank this Week: 1930

California Peculiarities…

California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog

Covers California employment law. By Seyfarth Shaw.

http://www.calpeculiarities.com/
  • Mar 26

    Fasten Your Seatbelts and Enjoy the Ride: the 2015 Edition of Cal-Peculiarities is Coming Soon!

    Fasten Your Seatbelts and Enjoy the Ride: the 2015 Edition of Cal-Peculiarities is Coming Soon!
    Authored by Seyfarth Shaw LLPAs loyal Cal Pecs Blog readers, you probably know of our signature book Cal-Peculiarities: How California Employment Law Is Different, which we update on an annual basis.  The 2015 edition will be ready…
  • Mar 19

    How Do We Treat the Leased Among Us? New Law on Joint Liability With Labor Contractor

    How Do We Treat the Leased Among Us? New Law on Joint Liability With Labor Contractor
    Authored by Seyfarth Shaw LLPBy Laura Maechtlen and Dana Howells As of January 1, 2015, new California Labor Code section 2810.3 requires a “client employer” to share civil liability with “labor contractors” (aka…
  • Mar 12

    A One-Two Punch: New CFRA Regs and Abusive Conduct Training

    A One-Two Punch: New CFRA Regs and Abusive Conduct Training
    Authored by Seyfarth Shaw LLPBy Dana Peterson Breaking News: New CFRA regulations will take effect July 1, 2015. Mandatory paid sick leave will not be the only new rule affecting California employers this summer. Also effective on July 1…
Rank this Week: 1380

Legal by the Bay

Legal by the Bay

Reports on Bay Area legal news, pro bono and diversity in the legal profession, tech tips and resources, work life balance, and more. By the Bar Association of San Francisco,

http://blog.sfbar.org/
Rank this Week: 1472

San Diego Divorce Attorneys Blog

San Diego Divorce Attorneys Blog

Covers divorce, spousal support and property division in California. By the Law Offices of Nancy J. Bickford, APC.

http://www.sandiegodivorceattorneysblog.com/
  • Mar 26

    Keeping Inherited Money Separate

    Keeping Inherited Money Separate
    Most parents want to ensure their children have every advantage and opportunity they can afford to provide to ensure they are successful and happy. Many parents also want to leave a financial legacy for their children after they pass away in…
  • Mar 25

    Can I be Forced to Testify as a Witness?

    Can I be Forced to Testify as a Witness?
    Here at the Law Offices of Nancy J. Bickford, we do our best to settle family law disputes in an amicable fashion. If the circumstances permit, we work with the parties (and opposing counsel) to help the parties reach a settlement agreement…
  • Mar 24

    "Your Cheating Hart"

    "Your Cheating Hart"
    Actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, whose new movie Get Hard co-starring Will Farrell set to release on March 27th, is on top of the world. It also appears that the feud between Kevin's first Wife and mother of his two children, Torrei Hart, and…
Rank this Week: 2053

On the Bankruptcy Soapbox

On the Bankruptcy Soapbox

By the Moran Law Group.

http://www.bankruptcysoapbox.com/
  • Mar 26

    Time Running Out To Claim Prior Year Tax Break

    Time Running Out To Claim Prior Year Tax Break
    Time is running out on your 2011 tax return. Whaaaat?, you say.  You’re working on 2014 between now and April 15th. But if you’re one of those people who overlooked a tax deduction or, better yet, a tax credit like…
  • Mar 19

    What Kenny Rogers Teaches Us About Getting Out of Debt

    What Kenny Rogers Teaches Us About Getting Out of Debt
        You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em; know when to walk away, know when to run... So goes the gambler’s advice to the young card player in the hit Kenny Rogers song. Hum along as we…
  • Mar 11

    5 Small Business Mistakes You Can Avoid

    5 Small Business Mistakes You Can Avoid
    Everyone tells you what to do to succeed in business;  you also need to know what not to do if you don’t want to fail. Running your own business is the classic American dream.  It’s romantic and heroic. The romance of…
Rank this Week: 1476

California Stem Cell Report

California Stem Cell Report

Covers public policy and business issues involving the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

http://californiastemcellreport.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 26

    Coming Up This Morning: Gavel to Gavel Coverage of California Stem Cell Meeting

    Coming Up This Morning: Gavel to Gavel Coverage of California Stem Cell Meeting
    The 29-member governing board of California's $3 billion stem cell research effort, the only such organization of its size in the nation, meets at 9 a.m. PDT in Berkeley to award millions of dollars and to ratify radical changes in the way it…
  • Mar 25

    Correction

    Correction
    The "arthritis, alzheimer's" item earlier today incorrectly said that researcher Jill Helms had already received $11 million from the agency, based on figures on the CIRM Web site. However, Helms said the correct figure is $7 million.
  • Mar 25

    Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Healing: California Stem Cell Agency Urged to Help Elderly

    Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Healing: California Stem Cell Agency Urged to Help Elderly
    Three California scientists are asking the state’s stem cell agency to come to the aid of tens of millions of elderly persons and provide $16 million to develop therapies to treat Alzheimer’s and arthritis and to speed skeletal…
Rank this Week: 1577

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Covers listing decisions, critical habitats and endangered species litigation. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
  • Mar 25

    Ninth Circuit Dismisses Action Alleging San Francisco Violated the Endangered Species Act

    Ninth Circuit Dismisses Action Alleging San Francisco Violated the Endangered Species Act
    In a three-page memorandum decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed Wild Equity and other groups’ appeal from a lower court decision, dismissing as moot a lawsuit alleging that the City and County of…
  • Mar 24

    UC Davis to Offer Course in Adaptive Management

    UC Davis to Offer Course in Adaptive Management
    On April 28-29, 2015, the University of California, Davis will offer a course in adaptive management for environmental professsionals at its Sacramento location.  The course will explore the history, policy and legal contexts, and…
  • Mar 4

    Outdated requirement results in continued listing of species determined to be recovered

    Outdated requirement results in continued listing of species determined to be recovered
    The Modoc sucker (Catostomus microps), a small fish with a range limited to northeast California and south-central Oregon, was listed as endangered (pdf) in 1985.  A recovery plan for the species was adopted by the Service in 1992, and…
Rank this Week: 1432

What's New in Employment Law?

What's New in Employment Law?

Focuses on employment law developments, particularly in California.

http://shawvalenza.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1715

CA Divorce Mediation

CA Divorce Mediation

Introduces people to the mediation process as an alternative to a traditional divorce. By California Divorce Mediators.

http://www.cadivorcemediators.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    A Sneak Peak At California Divorce Law: What You Should Know!

    A Sneak Peak At California Divorce Law: What You Should Know!
    Divorce in California can be one of the easiest and one of the hardest processes within the family law jurisdiction.  Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions with regards to California divorce law, so that you are able…
  • Mar 23

    Don’t Let Your Divorce Take A Toll On You!

    Don’t Let Your Divorce Take A Toll On You!
    When marriages start to turn sour with a lack of love and trust, people start to feel trapped and suffocated. In such cases, people yearn to be free – free from the stress, the constant fighting, and the endless arguments. They want a…
  • Mar 20

    5 Reasons to Choose Divorce Mediation

    5 Reasons to Choose Divorce Mediation
    Divorce mediation is one the best methods to obtain a divorce. The method in which it is carried out is calm and casual. Fights, spats, and raised voices aren’t part of the process, as it minimizes the arguments by involving the…
Rank this Week: 1393

GJEL Accident Attorneys' Blog

GJEL Accident Attorneys' Blog

Follow news related to safe roads in the Bay Area, California, and nationwide. By Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen.

http://www.gjel.com/blog
  • Mar 25

    Social media tips for personal injury plaintiff

    Social media tips for personal injury plaintiff
    Social media can be an oversharer’s dream and a personal injury attorney’s worst nightmare. For plaintiffs currently in litigation, one ill-advised status update can have a negative impact on their settlement or verdict.…
  • Mar 10

    Stanislaus County plans to expand freeways in the name of safety and air quality

    Stanislaus County plans to expand freeways in the name of safety and air quality
    For decades, California regions built freeways to enable the growth of new suburbs farther and farther afield. In response to the negative environmental effects of suburban sprawl, California enacted SB-375 in 2008 to reduce greenhouse gas…
  • Mar 5

    Uptown Oakland bike station opens: when will infrastructure catch up?

    Uptown Oakland bike station opens: when will infrastructure catch up?
    At long last, the Uptown Bike Station opened this week adjacent to BART’s 19th Street Station. The Bike Station offers free, secure bike parking between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm and a range of bicycle-related services – similar…
Rank this Week: 1852

Quintilone & Associates Blog

Quintilone & Associates Blog

Discusses the defense and prosecution of California federal and state lawsuits alleging discrimination, retaliation and harassment, including class action lawsuits.

http://quintilonelaw.net/blog
  • Mar 25

    Court Holds Electronic Signature Not Enough to Compel Arbitration

    Court Holds Electronic Signature Not Enough to Compel Arbitration
    In Ruiz v. Moss Bros. Auto Group Inc.,(2014) 232 Cal. App.4th 836, an auto parts company cannot enforce its agreement to arbitrate employment disputes individually in a class action case since  it…
  • Feb 10

    Felix v. AAA – UPDATE- Checks Delivered to Claims Administrator 2.10.15

    Felix v. AAA – UPDATE- Checks Delivered to Claims Administrator 2.10.15
    It was just reported to our office that checks were delivered to the claims administrator. We will follow up and report when they are being mailed. Please make sure they have your updated address, phone and email. Krista Tittle •…
  • Jan 3

    Update of California Employment Laws 2015

    Update of California Employment Laws 2015
    It is that time of year again for California employers revisit their policies and handbooks to assess compliance with the slew of new California employment laws that take effect on January 1, 2015, or shortly thereafter. This year there is…
Rank this Week: 2083

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Mar 24

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys Charge?

    How Do Elder Law Attorneys Charge?
    Sometimes you make a relatively small investment in the present so that you can save a great deal of money in the future. This is a dynamic that enters the picture when you are looking at the value of a consultation with an elder law…
  • Mar 23

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?

    Why Would Someone Avoid Probate?
    There is a legal process called probate that will often enter the picture when an estate is being administered. Generally speaking, property that is in your direct personal possession when you pass away would be looked upon as probate…
  • Mar 19

    When Will I Qualify for Social Security?

    When Will I Qualify for Social Security?
    When you are looking ahead toward your retirement years, you probably view Social Security as a future financial foundation. Without question, most people are going to rely upon Social Security to one extent or another, so you should know all…
Rank this Week: 1450

Mediation's Place

Mediation's Place

Explores ways to integrate mediation into the litigation process. By Joseph Markowitz.

http://www.mediate-la.com/
  • Mar 24

    Thirteen Days in September

    Thirteen Days in September
    Speaking of peace in the Middle East, I've been reading the new book about the Camp David negotiations by Lawrence Wright. Surprisingly, reading this account made me feel a little more hopeful about the prospects for peace between…
  • Mar 21

    Mandatory mediation

    Mandatory mediation
    At the Orange County Mediation Conference yesterday, one of the lunchtime speakers, Judge Nakamura, who is chair of the ADR committee of the Orange County Superior Court, mentioned that the court's existing mediation program has been…
  • Mar 20

    Patent litigation

    Patent litigation
    At South by Southwest this week I attended a program on patent reform featuring representatives from both sides in the "patent troll" debate. Though there was disagreement on the nature and extent of the problem, most of the panelists…
Rank this Week: 1688

California Nursing Home Abuse…

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers nursing home neglect, quality of care, falls and abuse. By the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi.

http://www.californianursinghomeabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Mar 24

    Treatment for Nursing Homes Residents with Osteoporosis Must be Given with Caution

    Treatment for Nursing Homes Residents with Osteoporosis Must be Given with Caution
    Osteoporosis (OP) is a bone disease that causes low bone mineral density (BMD) and loss of bone strength, increasing the risk of osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporotic fracture has been known to result in significant morbidity and…
  • Mar 19

    Troops Abroad Threatened by Repossessions At Home

    Troops Abroad Threatened by Repossessions At Home
    The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was passed by Congress in order to grant certain legal protection for members of the military. However, Corporate America and its front groups have found a loophole in the SCRA that allows them to…
  • Mar 19

    Greater Vigilance Must Be Used to Protect Nursing Home Residents from Dehydration

    Greater Vigilance Must Be Used to Protect Nursing Home Residents from Dehydration
    Dehydration occurs far too often in nursing home facilities. A study proved that 6-month incidence of dehydration was as high as 1 in 3. Up to 1.4% of residents in a single nursing home are dehydrated. In Taiwan, fluid intake of 45% of…
Rank this Week: 1886

Immigration Attorney Blog

Immigration Attorney Blog

By Brian D. Lerner.

http://brian-d-lerner-blog.com/
  • Mar 24

    California Court Reverses Century-Old Racist Ruling

    California Court Reverses Century-Old Racist Ruling
    The Associated Press reports that the California Supreme Court righted what it called a “grievous wrong” on Monday by posthumously granting a law license to a Chinese immigrant whose application 125 years ago was denied solely…
  • Mar 9

    Federal Judge who granted injunction on DAPA drags feet on ruling on Motion to Stay injunction

    Federal Judge who granted injunction on DAPA drags feet on ruling on Motion to Stay injunction
    The federal judge in Texas who blocked President Barack Obama’s latest executive actions on immigration signaled Tuesday that he isn’t inclined to rush a decision on the Obama Administration’s request to lift the injunction…
  • Mar 9

    AAO Sustains appeal of Form I-212

    AAO Sustains appeal of Form I-212
    In a nonprecedent decision, the AAO sustained an appeal of a Form I-212, finding that although the applicant was removed in 2012 for being an intending immigrant, there is no indication she misrepresented her intentions or willfully violated…
Rank this Week: 1927

Sonoma County Lawyer Blog

Sonoma County Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, family law, and landlord-tenant law. By the Law Offices of James V. Sansone.

http://blog.jamessansonelaw.com/
  • Mar 24

    Mother Wins Primary Custody and Proves She Knows How to Protect Her Children

    Mother Wins Primary Custody and Proves She Knows How to Protect Her Children
    At times, life seems horribly unfair. That must be how Andrea felt after being accosted by her husband and fleeing to her local police department for help. What happened next was social services took her children and then attempted to…
  • Mar 17

    A Tale of Two Mothers Fighting for Custody and Safety

    A Tale of Two Mothers Fighting for Custody and Safety
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for these two mothers. If you are active on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably seen this popular hashtag #StandWithNanHui. #StandWithNanHui Case Draws Attention to Domestic…
  • Mar 10

    Are You Sure You Don't Need a Divorce Lawyer?

    Are You Sure You Don't Need a Divorce Lawyer?
    Are you thinking about leaving your spouse but fear that you can't afford a divorce? There are resources that you can access that can help you reduce your costs. Resources for Divorces To find court forms, courthouse information and to run…
Rank this Week: 1810

Impact Litigation Journal

Impact Litigation Journal

Provides commentary and analysis about legal issues relating to class actions and other representative litigation in the areas of consumer and employment law. By Initiative Legal Group APC.

http://www.impactlitigation.com/
  • Mar 23

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Final Approval of Walmart Gift Card Settlement

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Final Approval of Walmart Gift Card Settlement
    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in In re Online DVD-Rental Antitrust Litig., 12-15705 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2015) (“Online DVD-Rental”), which affirmed an order granting final approval of a class action settlement totaling…
  • Mar 16

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review, Hands Win to California Trucker

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review, Hands Win to California Trucker
    California truck drivers enjoyed a victory recently when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the California Supreme Court which held that the state’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) is not preempted by…
  • Mar 10

    Studies Reveal That Class Actions Are Still Vital To Consumer Justice

    Studies Reveal That Class Actions Are Still Vital To Consumer Justice
    In 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which represents some of the largest corporations in the world), published a memo purporting to be “An Empirical Analysis of Class Actions” (available here). The memo, drafted by attorneys at…
Rank this Week: 1796

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Mar 23

    Patent exhaustion not implicated in licensing different aspect

    Patent exhaustion not implicated in licensing different aspect
    Bottom line: Claim sets that include independent claims directed to different types of entities (e.g., manufacturer v. end user, receiver v. transmitter, method v. apparatus) may enable the patent owner to license its patents to one entity…
  • Mar 17

    Using the word “invention” narrows your patent protection

    Using the word “invention” narrows your patent protection
    Bottom line: It  may be counter-intuitive, but use of the word “invention” when drafting a patent application is a disfavored practice.   For the most part, use of the word “invention” narrows the patent…
  • Feb 17

    IPR an attractive alternative to litigation

    IPR an attractive alternative to litigation
    Bottom line: Defendants should strongly consider an Inter Partes Review (IPR), a proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when accused of patent infringement because…
Rank this Week: 1350

CELA Voice

CELA Voice

Covers what is working and, too often, what isn’t working in California workplaces. From the California Employment Lawyers Association.

http://celavoice.org/
  • Mar 23

    The buck starts here: Living wages and sustainable employment

    The buck starts here: Living wages and sustainable employment
    By Anne Richardson The massive push toward subcontracting and supply chains I wrote about in my prior post didn’t happen overnight, and it certainly won’t be fixed overnight either. There are many pieces to this puzzle, all in the…
  • Feb 27

    Lactating men, toilet stalls and the arc of justice

    Lactating men, toilet stalls and the arc of justice
    By Christian Schreiber For the vast majority of workers, the laws that protect their rights operate silently in the background. This is especially true in California, where labor laws are frequently hailed – or assailed – as the…
  • Feb 20

    Will the “real” employer please stand up? The consequences of the global shift to subcontracting, franchising, and outsourcing

    Will the “real” employer please stand up? The consequences of the global shift to subcontracting, franchising, and outsourcing
    By Anne Richardson A fundamental change has taken place in the American workplace, and we are only now beginning to realize just how monumental it is. A new book, The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can be Done…
Rank this Week: 1466

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog

Covers legal issues affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. By Gene Takagi and Erin Bradrick.

http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/
  • Mar 23

    Private Foundations & Self-Dealing  

    Private Foundations & Self-Dealing  
    We recently added a post to the blog about private foundations and the rules that they are subject to.  Of the private foundation rules, those regarding self-dealing are some of the most complex and have some of the most serious ……
  • Mar 20

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 3/20/15

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 3/20/15
      This week I had the pleasure of attending the Wharton Social Impact Conference (see Storify). Have a listen to Ramy Essam‘s Irhal (anthem of the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square) while perusing our…
  • Mar 17

    NEO Law Group’s Video on Tips for Nonprofits: Private Foundation or Public Charity?

    NEO Law Group’s Video on Tips for Nonprofits: Private Foundation or Public Charity?
      Yesterday, NEO Law Group released a new short video in its series of videos on tips for nonprofits, available on YouTube. This video focuses on the differences between private foundations and public…
Rank this Week: 1656

Orange County Business Attorney…

Orange County Business Attorney Blog

Covers business law. By Law Offices of Tony T. Liu.

http://www.orangecountybusinessattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 23

    Does Your Company Have a Future Without You?

    Does Your Company Have a Future Without You?
    Do you want your business to outlast you? What will happen if you become disabled or not well enough to continue to manage it? These can be tough questions to think about because they require some thought about unpleasant topics, such as…
  • Mar 16

    When is a California Case Not a California Case? Non-Compete Agreements and Choice of Venue

    When is a California Case Not a California Case? Non-Compete Agreements and Choice of Venue
    It’s not uncommon for businesses to incorporate under Delaware law even if they have no contact with that state. Delaware law is considered more business friendly than California law. In one case a business in California, incorporated…
  • Mar 9

    Chinese Investment in American Manufacturing on the Rise

    Chinese Investment in American Manufacturing on the Rise
    It’s been well documented that many manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have been lost to foreign competition, especially to China. But we’ve come to a point where more and more Chinese companies are investing in the U.S. and creating…
Rank this Week: 1517

California Real Estate Lawyers…

California Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Published by Law Office of James J. Falcone

http://www.calrealestatelawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2018

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer…

San Diego Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning topics such as conservatorship, guardianship, health care and advanced directive, living trusts, and probate. By Law Office of Scott D. Soady, A Professional Corporation

http://www.sandiegoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 22

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset

    The Importance of Managing Trust Asset
    A living trust can help provide for both you and your children. Married couples often establish a joint trust to manage their assets during their lifetimes, and when one spouse dies, the other spouse may continue to benefit from the trust. A…
  • Mar 20

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan

    Addressing “Joint” and “Community” Property in Your Estate Plan
    California is a “community property” state. This means any property acquired during a marriage belongs to the spouses equally. In the event of divorce, any community property must be divided between the spouses. Of course, a…
  • Mar 15

    Understanding Reverse Mortgage

    Understanding Reverse Mortgage
    Many elderly persons wish to remain in their own homes, but lack the financial means to do so. One option for such individuals is to take out what is known as a “home equity conversion mortgage,” commonly referred to as a…
Rank this Week: 1581

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Mar 21

    IRS Impersonation Scams More Prevelant Than Ever

    IRS Impersonation Scams More Prevelant Than Ever
    TIGTA big shot, Timothy Camus, recently testified before the US Senate Finance Committee on the topic of “Tax Schemes and Scams.”  By TIGTA, I of course mean the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  And by…
  • Mar 11

    The IRS Has Wisely Steered Clear of Instagram

    The IRS Has Wisely Steered Clear of Instagram
    The IRS’ use of social media has always seemed sort of awkward to me.  There’s the IRS Facebook account, for example.  Completely bare bones.  A couple pictures of IRS national headquarters, a blurb about this not…
  • Mar 2

    FTB Call-Back Service

    FTB Call-Back Service
    There are many things that the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) does that I would hope the IRS never adopts.  But some might appreciate it if the IRS would follow the example of the FTB when it comes to their … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1982

The High-touch Legal Services Blog

The High-touch Legal Services Blog

Provides information about the law for startup and early-stage companies. By Dana H. Shultz.

http://danashultz.com/blog
  • Mar 20

    Fraudulent Takedown Notice Leads to $25,000 Judgment

    Fraudulent Takedown Notice Leads to $25,000 Judgment
    Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered the author of a fraudulent takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to pay more than $25,000. U.K. Student Journalist Oliver Hotham…
  • Feb 20

    Why do legal documents use Shall rather than Will?

    Why do legal documents use Shall rather than Will?
    This post, about why many legal documents use Shall rather than Will, is based on a Quora answer that I wrote. See Why was “should” substituted for “would” in the 1800s? For example, why did people say, “I should…
  • Jan 15

    Telling Facebook Friends Means Telling the World

    Telling Facebook Friends Means Telling the World
    This post explains something that we all should know intuitively. If you disclose information to your Facebook friends, you potentially have disclosed it to the entire world. Matthew Richard Palmieri was a contractor for the United States. He…
Rank this Week: 1685

San Jose Business Lawyers Blog

San Jose Business Lawyers Blog

Covers business transactions, start-ups, and mergers. By Structure Law Group, LLP.

http://www.sanjosebusinesslawyersblog.com/
  • Mar 20

    California Law: Meal and Rest Break

    California Law: Meal and Rest Break
    Unlike rest breaks, meal breaks are unpaid under California law. The employee should still be relived of all duties and be allowed to leave the premises. Employees are entitled to the following meal periods in a workday:
  • Mar 13

    Protecting Yourself When a Lawsuit is Coming

    Protecting Yourself When a Lawsuit is Coming
    When gathering all documents relevant to the incident, it’s important to remember that documents aren’t only on paper. It’s estimated that 95 percent of newly created “documents” are electronic in today’s…
  • Mar 6

    An LLC Can Limit Real Estate Investors’ Liability

    An LLC Can Limit Real Estate Investors’ Liability
    The personal liability protections of a limited liability company only apply if certain formalities are observed. As a result, anyone considering forming an LLC in order to engage in real estate investment should consult with an experienced…
Rank this Week: 1984

The Lemon Law Blog

The Lemon Law Blog

Covers issues and topics relating to consumer law as it relates to car lemon laws and auto dealer fraud. By Kemnitzer, Anderson, Barron, Ogilvie & Brewer.

http://www.lemonlaws.com/
  • Mar 19

    The Faith-Based Fight Against Usury

    The Faith-Based Fight Against Usury
    Usury is a term that generally refers to an unlawful rate of interest. The California Constitution states that usury is more than 10% per annum (even 7% in some circumstances). But the California banking lobby has managed to get a loophole…
  • Mar 10

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its long-awaited study of forced arbitration today, and the study paints a grim picture of justice denied. The arbitration clause tucked into standard form contracts deprives consumers and…
  • Jan 12

    Parable of the Dead Donkey

    Parable of the Dead Donkey
    Punitive damages are greatly misunderstood. The so-called "tort reform" movement is a campaign of misinformation designed to confuse the public about one of the most effective deterrent tools of the civil justice system. Funded by companies…
Rank this Week: 1677

California Appellate Law Blog

California Appellate Law Blog

News and insight about appellate law. By Archer Norris, a professional law corporation.

http://www.caappellatelaw.com/
  • Mar 18

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action
    Civil Code section 3291 provides that if the plaintiff in a personal injury action makes a Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise which the defendant does not accept, and the plaintiff obtains a more favorable judgment,…
  • Feb 11

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial
    Now, more than ever, terms like “illegal alien,” “illegal immigrant,” and “undocumented worker” generate fear and controversy in our society.  And in the courtroom setting, the passionate responses…
  • Jan 7

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)
    “This petition . . . ask[s] this Court to unmistakably clarify, to the whole patent community, that its Mayo/Biosig/Alice decisions (“3 decisions”) ended the claim construction anomaly hampering especially ET…
Rank this Week: 1522

The California Blog of Appeal

The California Blog of Appeal

Features an appellate practitioner's take on practice and legal developments in the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. By Greg May.

http://www.calblogofappeal.com
  • Mar 17

    A break for some shipmates and a lesson on drilling down on the standard of review

    A break for some shipmates and a lesson on drilling down on the standard of review
    As a graduate of the “Boat School” (or “Canoe U”), I went on alert as soon as I spotted a case in yesterday’s advance sheets regarding whether some local county employees’ time as U.S. Naval Academy…
  • Mar 10

    Do longer briefs correlate to success for Appellants?

    Do longer briefs correlate to success for Appellants?
    I cannot think of a single writing seminar I have attended or book I have read that did not emphasize succinctness. Now comes a paper published at the Social Science Research Network, “Too Many Notes”? An Empirical…
  • Jan 23

    Can your trial judge give you a boost toward getting appellate review of a non-appealable order?

    Can your trial judge give you a boost toward getting appellate review of a non-appealable order?
    In theory, at least, the answer is yes, in some circumstances, by certifying the non-appealable order pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 166.1. Yesterday’s opinion in Audio Visual Services Group, Inc. v. Superior Court,…
Rank this Week: 1776

California Consumer Finance…

California Consumer Finance Litigation

Covers consumer finance developments, trends and analysis. By O'Rielly & Roche LLP.

http://www.consumerfinancelitigation.com/
  • Mar 17

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable
    In Trabert v. Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc., the Fourth District California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order and held that certain unconscionable provisions of an arbitration agreement should be severed, and the remainder of…
  • Jan 26

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds TILA Rescission Does Not Require Suit

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds TILA Rescission Does Not Require Suit
    In Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that only written notice is required, and a borrower need not file suit, to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). In Jesinoski, borrowers…
  • Jan 9

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds CAFA Removal Notice Need Not Include Evidence of Amount in Controversy

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds CAFA Removal Notice Need Not Include Evidence of Amount in Controversy
    Overturning Tenth Circuit precedent, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, or "CAFA," does not require that a party seeking removal to federal court submit with its notice of removal evidentiary…
Rank this Week: 1652

Blane Law Blog

Blane Law Blog

Covers personal injury law. By Mark C. Blane.

http://www.blanelaw.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1339

Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 16

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust

    Palm Desert Trust Attorney Explains the Pitfalls of Bankruptcy on Trust
    Bankruptcy can disrupt your estate plan. We previously discussed here the problem bankruptcy creates if you have assets in joint tenancy with a bankruptcy debtor. However, bankruptcy can also effect your estate plan for your beneficiaries if…
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver's Licenses The DMV will now issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification including…
  • Jan 5

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015

    Palm Springs Estate Planning Attorney Discusses New California Laws 2015
    California has roughly 900 new laws that will go into effect in 2015. Some of the highlights are: Immigrant Driver’s Licenses The DMV will now issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants if they meet every qualification…
Rank this Week: 1873

Pleasanton Business & Commercial…

Pleasanton Business & Commercial Law Blog

Covers Pleasanton business and commercial law. By Law Offices of James G. Schwartz P.C.

http://www.jgschwartzlawblog.com/
  • Mar 16

    Class Action Lawsuit Against California Company Uber Alleges Fraudulent Fee

    Class Action Lawsuit Against California Company Uber Alleges Fraudulent Fee
    Uber, the San Francisco-based company that matches users of its mobile application with a network of drivers, is no stranger to controversy and legal troubles. In California, it is currently facing a lawsuit from taxi companies alleging…
  • Feb 27

    IRS Counsel's Memorandum Could Have Important Implications for S Corporation Shareholder

    IRS Counsel's Memorandum Could Have Important Implications for S Corporation Shareholder
    The Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a memorandum late last year addressing a question about the rights of shareholders in a corporation that switched from subchapter S to subchapter C and then switched…
  • Feb 13

    Delaware Law Applies to California Shareholder Derivative Suit, According to Court

    Delaware Law Applies to California Shareholder Derivative Suit, According to Court
    A California appellate court applied Delaware law in its ruling against a shareholder's derivative action. Jones v. Martinez, 230 Cal. App. 4th 1248 (2014). The corporation is headquartered in California but incorporated in Delaware. The…
Rank this Week: 1458

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 13

    What are the top signs a criminal tax investigation is forthcoming?

    What are the top signs a criminal tax investigation is forthcoming?
    While many people think that a criminal tax situation is something that cannot happen to them unless they had the intent to defraud the government, the truth is that criminal tax charges can be triggered by even a slight misstep. Mistakes on…
  • Mar 12

    More than 100 International Agreements Mean the Risk of Undisclosed Foreign Account Detection is Higher Than Ever

    More than 100 International Agreements Mean the Risk of Undisclosed Foreign Account Detection is Higher Than Ever
    At one point, banking secrecy laws in traditional tax havens were considered to provide ample protections in concealing the identity of the account holder. Wealthy individuals, companies, partnerships and a variety of other entities utilized…
  • Mar 11

    Filing Taxes Each and Every Year is Essential

    Filing Taxes Each and Every Year is Essential
    If you were to ask people about the things that they should do every single year, they are likely to mention visiting the doctor for a physical, taking their car in for preventative maintenance, and maybe even a tradition that the person…
Rank this Week: 1564

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

Covers consumer credit law. By Anderson, Ogilvie & Brewer LLC.

http://www.californiacreditlaw.com/
  • Mar 9

    Experian, Equifax and TU Agree to Improve the Dispute Process & to Reduce the Impact of Unpaid Medical Bill

    Experian, Equifax and TU Agree to Improve the Dispute Process & to Reduce the Impact of Unpaid Medical Bill
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the three national credit bureaus will improve the way they handle consumers’ requests to correct inaccuracies on their credit reports. The bureaus will also change the way they report on unpaid…
  • Feb 9

    FICO Scores Used by Lenders are Now Available to Consumers.

    FICO Scores Used by Lenders are Now Available to Consumers.
    FICO announced it will make up to 18 variations of consumers’ FICO scores available for the first time. FICO publishes different scores based on the needs of the type of credit involved–car loans, mortgages, credit cards, etc.…
  • Jan 25

    Useful List of all Credit Reporting Agencie

    Useful List of all Credit Reporting Agencie
    Most people are familiar with Experian, Equifax and Trans Union, but there are many more credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that are unknown to most people. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published a list of all the CRAs. The…
Rank this Week: 1678

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Mar 8

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure
    The U.S. Department of Justice is considering actions against taxpayers who wrongfully used the Streamlined Procedures to assert non-willful conduct. As quoted in Tax Notes Today: “Speaking at the Federal Bar Association Section on…
  • Feb 22

    How Not to Use Bitcoin

    How Not to Use Bitcoin
    The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been used…
  • Feb 7

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record
    What happens when a taxpayer operates a cash based business and lacks adequate books and records according to the IRS? The IRS can use any reasonable method to reconstruct the taxpayers income and expenses. (See, Estate of Rodrigo F. Fenta,…
Rank this Week: 2054

California Criminal Attorney Blog

California Criminal Attorney Blog

Covers news and updates on California criminal defense cases. By Law Office of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C.

http://www.californiacriminalattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 8

    Chicago Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Selling Fraudulent Insurance Policies in Orange County

    Chicago Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Selling Fraudulent Insurance Policies in Orange County
    Jacob Richard Bonzer, 28, worked for Farmers Insurance Group in Brea between 2009-2010.  Bonzer was terminated after failing the Farmers Career Program and after he was terminated, investigators found 128 homeowner policies listed to the…
  • Mar 4

    OC Sexual Assault Fugitive Arrested in the United Kingdom

    OC Sexual Assault Fugitive Arrested in the United Kingdom
    Roger Alan Giese, 40, a former Buena Park choir teacher who fled the United States pending a jury trial was captured in the United Kingdom.  Giese fled the US in 2007 while awaiting trial on child sexual assault charges.  Giese had…
  • Mar 4

    Federal Agents Raid Orange County Home

    Federal Agents Raid Orange County Home
    Federal agents raided homes in Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County in an effort to investigate the practice of “maternity tourism.”  An apartment complex near John Wayne Airport was one of the…
Rank this Week: 1533

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 6

    If You Are Named as Executor, Pay Attention

    If You Are Named as Executor, Pay Attention
    Executor fails to file estate taxes when due. $1.2 million in penalties result.
  • Feb 11

    Sometimes It is the Little Things: Arguing About Stuff

    Sometimes It is the Little Things: Arguing About Stuff
    Estate planning is often motivated by the big things. I’m not getting philosophical here. Forget about life and death. On a practical level, what brings families into my office are often the big financial assets–the house,…
  • Jan 23

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California

    Right to Die Law Proposed for California
    For the first time since 2007, legislation has been introduced in this year’s State Senate that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. The bill, SB 128,  The End of Life Option Act, is modeled on Oregon’s…
Rank this Week: 1867